Some of my fondest memories in our 1978 Ford Fiesta are from the summer of 1980 when our young family took a road trip from Chelsea, Michigan to Denver, Colorado. My husband had been battling Leukemia and was in constant chemotherapy, our two boys were 2 and 4 years old and we had no air conditioning, no power anything!
Back in those days it wasn’t mandatory that children were required to be restrained in car seats. So we layed down the back seat in our Fiesta where we had a great play area for the boys or a great sleeping area to take a nap. The boys had toys, crayons, and books to keep them entertained on the long trip across the country.
It just so happened to be one of the hottest summers across the Central Plains with air temperatures reaching 110 degrees and absolutely no breeze. We tried the 2/75 system to keep cool; open two windows and drive 75 miles an hour. Oh yeah, the speed limit was 75 back then. The air was so hot that it didn’t work very well. We found that the best way to keep cool was to close the windows, build up a tremendous sweat, and then open the windows to let what little breeze in from driving at 75 miles an hour to cool off what ever moisture built up on our skin.
We finally stopped at a road side reservoir to take a dip and cool off. The water was luke warm, but refreshing. When we climbed back into the Fiesta, we noticed on the carpet floor in the back that the box of crayons had melted from the extreme heat creating the most spectacular rainbow pool of colors.
My boys don’t remember much about that trip and my husband passed away that winter, but I’ll never forget what a great time we had in our little blue Ford Fiesta the summer of 1980.
Today I drive a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, but have reserved and CAN’T WAIT until the new Fiesta is available.